Topless Protester Charges At Bill Cosby As Sex Assault Retrial Begins

Mark Abrams
April 09, 2018 - 9:07 am
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NORRISTOWN, Pa. (KYW Newsradio) -- Protesters greeted Bill Cosby on Monday as the comedian arrived for the first day of his retrial on sex assault charges. But it was an unusual demonstration that drew the most attention.

As Cosby was being escorted into the Montgomery County Courthouse, he was nearly jumped by a topless protester.

The woman, with "Women's Lives Matter" written on her body in red ink, jumped a barricade and got within a few feet of Cosby before she was tackled by sheriff's deputies and taken away in handcuffs.

Sonia Ossorio, who identifies herself as president of the National Organization for Women from New York, was leading her own protest, and said the woman wasn't with her group.

"We don't know her, we are concerned and we want to make sure she is treated properly," Ossorio said. "But we don't know her."

The woman was later identified as 39-year-old Nicolle Rochelle of Little Falls, New Jersey. 

Rochelle is an actress whose credits include appearances on several episodes of the The Cosby Show in the 1980's.

She has been charged with disorderly conduct.

Meanwhile, Ossorio said her group's presence was about making sure women are heard and believed.

"And we are sending a message to every courtroom, to every prosecutor, to every police officer," she said. "We demand to be treated with respect."

Ossorio said it's all about empowerment for the victims of sexual assault.

"We're here representing the hundreds of thousands of women who have had the courage to come out and tell their stories," she said. " And, in doing so, we are taking power, now, over our destinies."